The Creative Pathfinder – Where art thou??
You know you are a creative soul because nothing gives you more pleasure than creating something new. Be it music, art, dance, literature or even food. And you also discover in our mediocre mentality country that there is little space for creativity or innovation. People like following trends, the tried and tested pathways and the safe route to “success”.
Success = money and social acceptance.
Not joy, not contentment and certainly not passion or fire. So you compromise your creative soul. You beat it down and dull it. To churn out the accepted “norm”. The commercially viable. And you follow the trend coz hey, pathfinders and outliers are certainly not the norm here. We call the heads of MNCs and typical corporates successful people. We proposition them as success stories. And so we kill creativity. We kill innovation and we follow the trend. And we reach thus far and no further. And we are lost. And if you are a creative soul you are frustrated. Coz your creativity does not pay bills but mediocrity does. We are looking at the world around us and they are forging ahead – creative pathfinders. We are churning out commercial path followers. Where are our creative pathfinders? Why can’t we be that? Why aren’t we celebrating the few who actually do that? Instead of extolling mediocrity and conformity, we need to celebrate the non-conformers and outliers. We need to encourage them instead of looking down on them with our limited yard stick of success.
And if we are creative souls, we need to stop beating ourselves for being ourselves and do what we love. We need to stop the bull shit compromising to fit standards set by mediocre mind sets. We need to pioneer new ways to be creative and successful. And hell it ain’t easy but nothing in life ever worth having was. So go for it.
Stop the mediocrity. Bring back the creativity. Bring back the passion and the joy. You have only this lifetime to do it. What are you waiting for?